The Art of Elysium

Rating: 4.98 stars   133 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Health

Location: 3278 Wilshire Blvd - Penthouse Los Angeles CA 90010 USA

Mission: The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to various communities in need of creativity and inspiration. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Music and Theatre/Media Arts
Target demographics: The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1997 by Jennifer Howell, encourages working actors, artists, fashion designers and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to various communities in need of creativity and inspiration. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Music and Theatre/Media Arts.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 43000 individuals
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles and New York
Programs: The Art of Elysium provides a wide range of fine and performing arts workshops and activities designed to: • Help marginalized populations cope with the difficult emotional challenges of illness and hospitalization: • Promote opportunities for growth and development, • Encourage socialization, • Provide exposure to various artistic skills and disciplines. The Art of Elysium’s programs include Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Music, Media/Theatre Arts and Arts-Based Self-Esteem Programs. For more information about volunteering in our hospital programs, please contact Leslie Culp, Program Director-LA, at lculp@theartofelysium.org
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

Years back a close friend of mine turned me onto the work of AOE. I remember clearly saying to myself wow what a great idea. I one day would like to do that. Several years passed since that event the seed was planted. Call it maturity or what not I found myself in a place in my life where I deeply recognized the value of being of service and of service work to those around me. I thought for years that money and donations were the solution but in my experience there is nothing more gratifying than being hands on and sharing an experience with another one person/parent and or child. I am grateful to the AOE for giving beyond the scope of their mission, and giving me as well an avenue to which I may also find joy, peace, gratitude and love.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a smile on a childs face. The pride and joy they get when they have made something cool.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more art supplies.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every time I volunteer with The Art of Elysium I walk out feeling inspired and grateful. Inspired by the kids who are so excited to create and grateful for the love and life that surround me. Despite the sadness and weight of many of the stories, the children are eager to learn and grow, to smile and to laugh. The perspective and insight into different worlds and experiences they provide is truly invaluable. The lovely people who run the organization are tireless in their passion that art can be a fun conduit to make a difference in so many young people's hearts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The smiling faces of the kids who initially had never picked up a camera before and then grew confident to create images for a gallery show.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fantastic. What a loving, giving organization. Channeling the creative force here in Los Angeles in a positive way.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the community art day and at the hospital

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

everything is run really well

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Rating: 5 stars  

For over two years my girlfriend and I have been playing music bedside for children in hospitals and care facilities. This a great organization to work with, they are staffed by fantastic caring people and they do wonderful work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on the childen's faces and the reactions in their bodies..

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to gt them more $ so they can continue thier great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We all know that the creative arts are inspiring, but Art of Elysium has taught us that they are also healing. I am incredibly grateful to Art of Elysium for creating an accessible outlet for artists to volunteer their time and craft to such inspiring and amazing children. I always feel that everyone's day is brighter when Art of Elysium enters a room, from the children, to volunteers, to hospital staff and parents. The power of the smiles Art of Elysium generates inspire everyone involved from one visit to the next.


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My personal experience with this organization is as a volunteer. What I have experienced firsthand are lots of smiles and words of thanks from the children and families. There is a warm acceptance everywhere we go to what Art of Elysium brings to the children and their families.

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I would love to see Art of Elysium chapters nationwide in big cities and small towns.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had an amazing experience volunteering with Art of Elysium. They seek to inspire both children who are suffering from medical conditions as well as the artists who volunteer. It has been a joy and a blessing to donate time to a well-organized and thoughtful organization and to brighten the lives of children who are in need of distraction and creative stimulation.

Everyone loves art! This is a fantastic way to see first hand how art makes a difference all our lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being inspired to create based on my experiences. The feeling of making a difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been a pleasure for me to be a volunteer for Art of Elysium. I've been able to do art projects with kids that are going through serious medical procedure. I can say that my experiences as a volunteer have been magical. They go from feeling inspired by a kid that has an amazing spirits despite his illness and loves drawing with the art of Elysium volunteers, to help a kid that doesn't feel inspired to play with us and by the time you leave he has finished his painting and even better he has a smile on his face. I love art of elysium and there work because we help this kids escape their reality and be creative. And when you are creating, you are in the moment and when you are living in the moment you are happy. Every time I leave, I don't feel sad about what they are going through, I feel compassionate and happy to play with them and make them laugh.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feeling sympathetic about those who need more than others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was great working with the kids. I think it is a great program for the children and the parents, It gives them a break from their hospital life. It also gives us the volunteers the chance to participate in their recovery through all the different modalities that they get to experience. Also, The Art of Elysium staff and Hospital staff are very sweet and easy to work with.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share my Fabricated Hearts with all of them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The happiness the Children express while painting!!!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No

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Rating: 5 stars  

Art of Elysium is one of the most organized, hands-on groups I've ever volunteered with. After attending the orientation, they let me jump right in and start signing up for volunteer opportunities. Even with my busy schedule, there are plenty of events/workshops that I'm available for. It was so much fun to see the smiles on the faces of patients and family members at the Shriners Halloween Party. And I have to say, I never thought I would be singing Disney songs karaoke-style en Espanol with a clown wig on! Every experience has been unique, memorable, and REAL - this isn't a group that asks you to put on a t-chirt and stand on the sidelines, or wander around soliciting donations. You are right there with the kids, helping them forget their problems and learn and grow as people and artists. Thank you so much Art of Elysium!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the affect the events have had on the mood and attitudes of the children and parents.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved regularly. Volunteer mixers or events where we could meet other artists who are volunteering and sign up for events together!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for Art of Elysium for about a year now. I absolutely love this organization. I was looking to volunteer for an organization that encourages volunteers to donate their talents on a personalized level. It is a very rewarding feeling to be able to work with these amazing kids and help bring their spirits up. :)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the capacity in which I am able to give.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't have any suggestions for change at the moment.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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